Re-Conceptualizing Expository Language as Narration There is the very real possibility that narrative-based language intervention may not only improve narrative-specific outcomes such as narrative retelling and personal story generation, but also expository language, which has traditionally been perceived as a dissimilar, distal outcome. In this paper we discuss the relationship between narrative language and expository ... Article
Article  |   August 31, 2016
Re-Conceptualizing Expository Language as Narration
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  • Douglas B. Petersen
    Division of Communication Disorders, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
  • Jeffrey W. Petersen
    Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
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Development / School-Based Settings / Language Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Part 3
Article   |   August 31, 2016
Re-Conceptualizing Expository Language as Narration
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2016, Vol. 1, 109-117. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG1.109
History: Received February 23, 2016 , Revised May 23, 2016 , Accepted May 23, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2016, Vol. 1, 109-117. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG1.109
History: Received February 23, 2016; Revised May 23, 2016; Accepted May 23, 2016

There is the very real possibility that narrative-based language intervention may not only improve narrative-specific outcomes such as narrative retelling and personal story generation, but also expository language, which has traditionally been perceived as a dissimilar, distal outcome. In this paper we discuss the relationship between narrative language and expository language, propose that apprehending the elements that are essential to good narration is not only helpful for the production and comprehension of expository language, but is in a sense, even required. We also discuss how narrative intervention, when properly shaped, can logically lead to growth in expository language.

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